Ontario, California-based Heritage Grocers Group has announced the promotion of Eric Stover to the position of Division CEO of Cardenas Markets.
In this position, Stover will continue to report to Doug Sanders, chairman and CEO for Heritage Grocers Group, its parent company.
“Eric’s promotion to Division CEO supports the company’s strategy and overall growth plan. Serving as chief merchandising officer for Cardenas since 2020, he led multiple, successful initiatives focused on meeting and expanding our customer’s evolving food preferences while optimizing their shopping experiences, both in-store and online,” Sanders said.
“Eric is a strong leader with extensive experience and vision, and I am confident that he will do an excellent job leading the exceptional team at Cardenas Markets.”
As Stover assumes his new role, Sanders will allocate more of his time to executing the company’s expansion strategy across the HGG portfolio of companies.
Stover joined Cardenas Markets in March 2020, bringing more than 35 years of food industry experience to his recent position of chief merchandising officer. Stover has held leadership roles in merchandising and operations for several food retailers including Wild Oats, Henry’s Farmers Market and Sprouts Farmers Market. He also held senior roles with wholesale and distribution companies, including UNFI and KeHE Distributors.
Stover serves on the board of directors for the WAFC and sits on the Food Industry Round Table for Olive Crest.
Heritage Grocers Group operates in four states: California, Nevada, Arizona and Illinois, with 57 stores under the Cardenas Markets banner, 20 stores under the Tony’s Fresh Market banner and seven stores under the Los Altos Ranch Market banner.
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